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Homeopathic remedies ‘should not be issued on the NHS’

26th November 2009

Scientists and doctors have this week told MPs that the use of homeopathic remedies on the NHS is unjustified.

During an inquiry held by the House of Commons’ science committee, several figures argued that as homeopathy is not evidence-based, it is unethical to treat patients with it in the health service, the Guardian informs.

Dr James Thallon, medical director at the NHS West Kent Primary Care Trust, is quoted by the newspaper as stating: “If you prescribe a drug to patients that you know has no efficacy, on a basis which is essentially dishonest with a patient, I personally feel that is unethical.”

According to the news provider, the NHS spent 12 million pounds on homeopathic remedies between 2005 and 2008.

In related news, Paul Bennett, professional standards director for high street chemist Boots, this week stated that it only sells homeopathic treatments because they are popular, not because they have been proven to work.

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